May 6th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama, Clinton aides spin primary results


(CNN)–The spin wars are heating up.

Tonight won’t do much to change the delegate gap, say Barack Obama’s senior aides – and any day they break even makes it that much tougher for Clinton to make up the shortfall.

"We think we won a really big victory here tonight - it insures that regardless of what happens in Indiana that we are going to extend our delegate lead," senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. "We have taken another big step down the road here… The important thing is that this was not a game changer, folks, in any way, shape or form."

Earlier in the week, Clinton had said a win in North Carolina could be a “game changer.”

But Deputy Communications Director Phil Singer reminded reporters that Barack Obama had said that Indiana might be the “tiebreaker,” given Clinton’s victory in Pennsylvania and his expected win in North Carolina.

Indiana may not be in the win column at this point in the evening, but they say the exit polls out of both states Tuesday night have bolstered their electability argument: they show Obama’s supporters are more likely to support Clinton in the fall than vice versa.

At the heart of their thinking: Florida and Michigan. Together with Ohio, says the Clinton team, those three states are vital to any Democratic win – and the New York senator has claimed all three.

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Pam

    Stick a fork in Hillary, she's done.

    May 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. bern

    The only spin is see is from CNN. Why don't you guys stop bolstering Hillary? It is over. Period. She lost. She will not be the nominee. She had her rear end kicked in North Carolina. Go home Hillary and take the racist neocons pretending to be democrats with you.

    May 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Jack in ND

    North Carolina's popular vote margin erased the gains in Pennsylvania. It's back to where it was on April 21.

    The popular vote argument, such as it was, is out the window.

    Now they're going to scream even more bloody murder about Michigan and Florida.

    And it's already been announced that those two states won't be permitted to change the result.

    Spin that!

    May 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Texas

    Hell no; what makes you think Obama supporters will support Hillary. If she were a decent person of semi-respectable morals, it would be a no-brainer. But, she is despicable. Your data is incorrect. We cannot support a lying, cheating, dishonest, vindictive scum bag.

    May 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Sue in MI

    Hillary is still there, and she is not going away! She pared down a 25% deficit in NC to half, and is holding Indiana, his neighboring state. Keep fighting, girl! When they finally give you the votes you earned in FL and MI, you are our nominee. Then we can heal the rifts, put Barack on the ticket, and win Nov. in a landslide!

    May 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Susan, PA

    What a great night!

    Aside from all of the obvious great news, I have another prediction:

    Tonight may be the last night we ever have to see Lanny Davis. Hillary Clinton was irritating enough, but this man is like chewing foil.

    Got Hope?

    May 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Dr. J

    Let's united behind Obama. He is who the people want.

    May 6, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Tim, Seattle

    Hey, did you see rabid clinton supporter Lanny Davis get reduced to a whining and crying puddle of jello on CNN? HILARIOUS!
    Lanny is having a bad night....he he he
    what a stooge...

    May 6, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Puddytat

    GO NADER !

    May 6, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. CNN for Republicans?

    I wonder if CNN will give Obama this much attention if he wins the nomination and runs against McCain?

    The panel tonight is all for Obama, and 1 for Clinton. Geez guys, your so obvious...

    May 6, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Can't CNN find less off-putting Obama flacks?

    May 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. deb813

    Why are you talking about this woman like she can still steal this nomination? Unbelievable.

    May 6, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Dear Pam

    Do you think Obama can beat McCain?

    May 6, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Willy

    Either way you look at it a liberal won in both states.

    May 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. After All This Drama

    She had a 12 point lead in Indiana and its to close to call and said she would win N.C. It would be a game changer! There is a game changer; its the way Obama handles adversity and still comes out on top. THATS PRESIDENTIAL!!!

    May 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Kim

    Obama is an elitist. All regular Americans would know not to make a speach during the 100th episode of Dancing With the Stars. ABC Asheville removed the show for the speach – he lost my Mom's vote.

    May 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. andrew illi

    I was reading one of the blogs, and one person stated that when Bill Clinton was President, he Invited Rev. Wright to the White House and also attended His Church, is that True?

    May 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Luke

    Hillary won Indiana......remember the "tiebreaker", words from Obama himself (well maybe Deval Patricks words first....I feel that is still a problem).

    May 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. tell the truth

    Let them spin it. The tie goes to the frontrunner. Obama has ran a complete race. ( Keyword complete) Facts more states,more votes,more pledged delegates. He won. Case closed. Those are facts Please talke with facts,facts,facts, If is a big word. If if if if if if if if if please stop with the if.

    Vote Obama

    May 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. Sheanne

    I'd say it's over. Obama will take the nomination, but he won't take the general election.

    Various polls (including the exit polls) showed that 50% of Clinton's supporters will NOT back Obama and switch vote for McCain.

    He will never be able to win them over and I wouldn't be surprised if we see her name under Independant on the Nov. ballot.

    The only way to unite the Democratic party will be an Obama/Clinton ticket and I know Obama will never let that happen.

    May 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Dave in Ohio

    It's ridiculous for the Clinton camp to argue that Michigan and Florida should be seated when the Democratic candidates for President agreed at the beginning that the primaries wouldn't count. Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan. You dont' change the rules at the end of the game because you don't like the result. I hope the superdelegates will now act and end this farce.

    May 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. Tim

    Go home old people and watch more Matlock.... go home bar hops and watch more racing highlights from 1973.

    Let the educated people take control and bring this country into the next century!

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. AA


    Pls bow out....we are really sick of this. No matter which way you look at it, Obama will always have a lead in delegate count....this is getting to be a little ridiculous.

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Popozizi

    North Carolina's message to Hillary Clinton:

    WE STOMPED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Boy does it feel good to say that!

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. hillary 08:

    I will neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr back obama.

    he is a puppet waiting for the next "friend" he has to show the world what hate is.

    so forget it. I would vote for McCain first!

    May 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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